Grateful Dead Live at McNichols Sports Arena on 1981-07-14
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy
- 2004-04-26 11:46:57
- Denver, CO
- Audience Recording
- McNichols Sports Arena
The final show of the July '81 tour - seven stops with Denver the only one with an extra show added. Overall the tour didn't match May, though this show has some of the most interesting playing. After a month off, a second leg then did the rest of heading west: SLC>Seattle>Portland>Eugene. They'd be back in Colo in less than 5mos for a single show. Though better than the previous show overall, that show has the better first set. For the trainspotters, this show is known for the only Bird Song into Sailor.
First Set. Just a bit rough on the opener. When Jer screws up "ain't gonna be treated this way", Bobby takes over, nudging hard until Jer warms up. It's mostly given to Brent, though they still get out t'gate with energy. It all takes off on Minglewood. Both Jer solos are money. It has "busted jail gone again/little girl sure wishes when" as well as Denver fillies/T for San Francisco. The next few are above average and To Lay Me Down is nicely paced, so there's no skidding to a halt after the energetic Cassidy. They gotta play Me & My Uncle, and Bobby has fun with the Denver man - so uptempo it crashes into Mexico in just 3min! Coruscating. Mexicali not as much, but after Bobby accidentally cuts Jer's 1st solo, he gives him a couple extra measures on the 2nd with great retort. The next few are average but the only Bird Song>Sailor is fun. It went into a bunch of different songs in '81 and was put all over the sets. But this is the only one they ever trannied into Sailor - though there's a near-stop. The energy carries nicely into Saint, but it's Dough Knees that leaves 'em happy for the break. Short, sweet and tight. Don't miss. No stinkers, just solid to above-average GOGD.
Second Set. Shakedown is a flat start, though Jer improves it with the solo. He gives room to Brent, who never really runs with it. Samson is better, but High Time is muffed several times. Truckin' is the highpoint, even with the times-have-changed sex change lyric. Uptempo, it has a few different things going on, from the marching cadence & circus start, to the soaring jam. One of '81's best, with everybody letting Jer take it alone into Eyes (which has a dropout @6:05). When the drummers are starting their thang Jer stays out, extending for several minutes to explore a unique jam. It's unknown how many minutes are missing at the cut in Drums; probably 5-6. There's a full stop before Space. The latter seems like it could've continued but that Phil was anxious to do the opening rumble for The Other One. Bobby was end-of-tour shouting the lyrics by this point, but despite myself I dig this one. The segue into Wharf Rat is great. After a Miracle tease Bobby immediately switches to Good Lovin', but throws everyone off for a false start (it's the height of absurdity making an 8sec track. This is the Grateful Dead, not Minutemen or 7 Seconds). Sorry, but 10 days is past the cutoff for wishing happy 4th of July when playing U.S. Blues. Jer immediately forgets all the verses.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¼ stars
Me & My Uncle - the right time & place
Don't Ease Me In - sah-weet
Truckin' - several things going on add up to era's best
SOURCES: 1st set AUDs have trimmed tunings [to fit a C90]. There's only one source for the second set and it's an AUD, but the 1st set has a full upgrade with the .nak100_schley (it just needs balanced and EQd).
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Good Tour Closer
Subject: Great show, not perfect
Subject: Mystery Show
Subject: End Of The Tour
from KC to St Louis to St Paul
to Alpine then the trip to Denver
this show was a nice end of the tour
Subject: Pass on this one
Subject: Only Birdsong>Sailor -Ever!
It is of paricular consideration that you give to the birdsong; for it is only the 14th electric birdsong since 9/15/73 and other than the accoustic shows where it was played consistantly in '80, it is rare in and of its' self; however, it is the 'sailor' tranition out of 'birdsong' that is only done once in the history of the dead's touring.
The sound is better than good to me but not quite 'very good'. It is of worthy download and thank you very much for the upload as well. 4 stars!
This site is fantatstic!!!
Subject: great but...
Subject: Great Example of '81 Gem!!!
While the show the night before is more well known and is a great show in it's own right, this show was the gem of the summer midwest tour.
Offered for your consideration....13 songs in a very strong 1st set and a second set that just won't let up. This was the perfect marriage of the band and the fans feeding off of each other.
Just check out the song list in set 1, a great Cold Rain, A very sweet FOTD, To Lay Me Down (One of the best versions around) Big Railroad, a nice Bird Song and a Lost Sailor> St > Don't Ease to wrap it up!!
The Shakedown to kick off set 2 is one for the ages, a nice slow funky drawn out jam that perfectly sets the tone for the second set. After Sampson & Delilah and a very nice High Time, Bob blows the Whistle to start Truckin and the set takes off anew!! The Jerry solo between Trucking and Eyes is awesome, Jerry all by himself, a true solo, getting into the Eyes intro and of course the Eyes itself is blissful. After drums is a great Other One and superbly played Wharf rat. The set ends with a Need a Miracle tease, followed by Good Love. What a great '81 summer show!!!
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